I bring a holistic approach to my clients’ legal and business needs. As a CPA and an attorney, I offer clients unusual and insightful solutions to their issues.

-Attorney Gary Remer

From my beginnings as a Revenue Agent for the IRS by day and law student at night, I began being immersed into tax, business, franchising, estate planning, retirement plans, and employee benefits.  Over the last 20 plus years I have amassed a toolbox full of knowledge and experience that allows me to counsel people.

Because of the depth of my experience, I can quickly get to the heart of matters. This is invaluable when representing franchisors in obtaining authorization to sell franchises and ensures compliance with Federal and State franchise laws and regulations. I can then assist in establishing advertising funds that are used to develop local marketing materials, provide consistency in marketing/advertising programs, and promote communications between the franchisor and franchisees. On the flip side, my skill set helps clients who are purchasing franchises through negotiate franchise agreements that protect their interests, particularly with respect to personal guaranties, covenants not to compete, and penalties for early termination.

Among the other aspects of my practice where I provided value added is in the design of retirement plans to maximize benefit accruals for business owners. I am also “Mr. Fix It” when it comes to correcting retirement plan operational deficiencies. Sometimes this involves doing battle with the IRS and Department of Labor. Whatever it takes!

Practice Areas

Franchising
Employee Benefits
Tax Planning
Corporate Planning

Professional Affiliations & Credentials

MICPA Franchise Task Force, past Chair, and MICPA Membership Task Force, past Chair
State Bar of Michigan, Past Tax Committee Council Member

Education

Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, J.D. – 1997
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, B.A. Accounting – 1990

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 1997

Honors & Awards

Named a Top Lawyer in Franchise Law for 2017 and 2018
Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Leader in Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, 2011 – 2015

Examples of Excellence

  • Drafted the franchise disclosure document and franchise agreement, submitted multi-state registrations, and consulted on trends for the industry that will impact growth of the system for a national franchisor with over 500 franchisees.
  • Analyzed operational defects in retirement plans, coordinated corrective actions, amended retirement plans, submitted the retirement plans to the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Labor for rulings on curative measures on behalf of a logistics firm with locations across North America that employs more than 600 individuals.
  • Led entity formation and structure of the transaction for a multi-regional portfolio acquisition with a purchase price in excess of $1,000,000,000.00.
  • Filed petition in the United States Tax Court Represented contesting over $700,000.00 in tax liability.
  • Represented and counseled physicians and other medical professionals in admitting employees and shareholders and in the acquisitions and sales of their practices with private parties and hospitals.

Awards and Accolades